Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Professor David J. Galbreath

A Professor of International Security focusing on the changing character of warfare through the changes in science and technology

David Galbreath

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean
Professor of International SecurityBA, MA, PhD

1 West 3.25
Email: d.galbreath@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5936

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Warfare, technology and society

A video of research surrounding warfare, technology and the future of war in the digital age.


David J. Galbreath is Professor of International Security and AHRC-ESRC Conflict Theme Lead Fellow for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security (PaCCS). He is also Director of the Centre for War and Technology, and Editor-in-Chief of Defence Studies (since 2014) and of European Security between 2009-2015. Within the University of Bath, he is Dean for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

His research focuses on comparative national security and defence policy as well as on how science and technology affect war, conflict and violence. He is particularly interested in the role of techno-science in determining future war, future militaries and their political ramifications. Within a focus on war, politics and technology, his research interests are spread across a broad range of technology-concept pairings, such as robotics AND physicality, machine learning AND cognition, and bio-mechanics AND augmentation. For instance, see his inaugural lecture from October 2014. This research is informed by political and social theory as well as the study of International Relations.

He currently holds two funded research projects. Firstly, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), he is working on the technological drivers of modern and emergent warfare. This project started in 2015 and runs until 2018 and runs along side the Conflict Theme Fellowship. Secondly, funded by the ESRC, he is the principal investigator of a project on the drivers of military change in Europe after the Cold War. This project is supported by Dr Simon Smith, as post-doctoral researcher.

He has recently finished a project funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and ESRC, working on how the convergence of biological and chemical sciences impact on international arms control and national resilience. This project was in cooperation with Dr Brett Edwards, who acted as a post-doctoral researcher. This project ended in January 2015. This project was part of the Science and Security programme.

From 2013, he has been Professor of International Security at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. From finishing his PhD in 2004 at the University of Leeds, he has been consistently working on foreign and security policy, including contributing to the international and European security components of the MSc in Strategic Studies at the University of Aberdeen until 2010. He formerly has worked on other areas including international regime theory and the political and social inquiry around minority politics in Europe.

Research interests

  • Military and strategic theory
  • Emergent Warfare
  • Science and Technology advances
  • Arms Control

Current projects






Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2012. The European Minority Rights Regime:Towards a Theory of Regime Effectiveness. Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics)

Galbreath, D. J. and Gebhard, C., eds., 2010. Cooperation and Conflict? Problematizing Organizational Overlap in Europe. Ashgate.

Smith, D. J., Galbreath, D. J. and Swain, G., eds., 2010. From Recognition to Restoration: Latvia's History as a Nation-State. Rodopi.

Galbreath, D. J., Lasas, A. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2008. Continuity and Change in the Baltic Sea Region:Comparing Foreign Policies.Vol. 13. Rodopi. (On the Boundary of Two Worlds)

Galbreath, D. J., 2007. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.Vol. 14. Routledge. (Routledge Global Institutions series)

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States: Interests, Influence and Identities in Estonia and Latvia. Ibidem Verlag. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 8)

Book Sections

Galbreath, D., 2015. Investigating the Whole Force Approach:Whitehall, the Army, and the private sector: working towards a genuine partnership. In: The occasional papers of the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research.Vol. 2. Winter 2015/16 ed. Camberley, Surrey: Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, 1 - 36.

Galbreath, D., 2015. RMA, European militaries and the limits of modernization. In: Collins, J. and Futter, A., eds. Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan. (Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies)

Galbreath, D., 2015. Western European Armed Forces and the Modernisation Agenda. In: Eddie, P. and Rees, W., eds. The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia. Abingdon: Routledge, p. 79. (Routledge Global Security Studies)

Galbreath, D., 2015. Western European armed forces and the modernisation agenda: Following or falling behind? In: Eadie, P. and Rees, W., eds. The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia. London: Routledge, pp. 79-95.

Lašas, A. and Galbreath, D., 2013. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In: Maxine, D., Jackie, G. and Hiski, H., eds. National Perspectives on Russia: European Foreign Policy in the Making. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 149-169. (Routledge Advances in European Politics; 94)

Galbreath, D. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2013. Latvia:on the push-pull effects of a small state in the EU. In: Baun, M. and Marek, D., eds. The New Member States and the European Union. London, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 112-126. (Routledge Series in European Politics; 91)

Lasas, A. and Galbreath, D. J., 2013. Wary co-existence: Baltic-Russian relations in the post-enlargement era. In: David, M., Gower, J. and Haukkala, H., eds. National Perspectives on Russia. Routledge, pp. 149-169. (Routledge Advances in European Politics)

Galbreath, D. and Brosig, M., 2012. OSCE. In: Jørgensen, K. E. and Laatikainen, K. V., eds. Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions. London: Routledge, pp. 271-281.

Galbreath, D. J. and Muiznieks, N., 2009. Latvia: managing post-imperial minorities. In: Rechel, B., ed. Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe.54 ed. London: Routledge, pp. 135-150. (BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies)

Galbreath, D. J., 2007. International organizations, party politics and the promotion of minority rights in the Baltic States. In: Joachim, J., Reinalda, B. and Verbeek, B., eds. International Organizations and Implementation: Enforcers, Managers, Authorities? London: Routledge, pp. 161-173. (Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science)

Lamoreaux, J. W. and Galbreath, D. J., 2006. Bastion, beacon or bridge? Conceptualising the Baltic Logic of the EU's Neighbourhood. In: Wegmarshaus, G. R., Ülikool, T. and Kolledž, E., eds. Promoting Democratic Values in Enlarging Europe. Tartu, Estonia: Tartu University Press, pp. 96-109.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. The Baltic States and the European Neighbourhood Policy: Maximising the voices of small nations. In: Tiirmaa-Klaar, H., ed. Baltic Outlooks on European Foreign and Security Policy. Tallinn: Tallinn University Press, pp. 102-126.

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Latvia. In: Lodge, J., ed. 2004 Elections to the European Parliament. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave, pp. 165-172.

Mason, T. D. and Galbreath, D. J., 2004. Ethnicity and Politics. In: Kogan, M. and Hawkesworth, M., eds. Encyclopeadia of Government and Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 568-586.


Malyarenko, T. and Galbreath, D. J., 2016. Paramilitary motivation in Ukraine:beyond integration and abolition. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 16 (1), pp. 113-138.

Galbreath, D., 2014. Western European Armed Forces and the Modernisation Agenda:Following or Falling Behind? Defence Studies, 14 (4), pp. 394-413.

Malyarenko, T. and Galbreath, D. J., 2013. Crimea:Competing self-determination movements and the politics at the centre. Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (5), pp. 912-928.

Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2013. How epistemic communities drive international regimes: The case of minority rights in Europe. Journal of European Integration, 35 (2), pp. 169-186.

Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2012. European organizations and minority rights in Europe: on transforming the securitization dynamic. Security Dialogue, 43 (3), pp. 267-284.

Galbreath, D. J., 2012. Securitizing democracy and democratic security: A reflection on democratization studies. Democracy and Security, 8 (1), pp. 28-42.

Galbreath, D. and Lasas, A., 2011. The ‘Baltic’ Factor in EU–Russian Relations: In Search of Coherence and Co-operation in an Era of Complexity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19 (2), pp. 261-272.

Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2010. European integration and the geopolitics of national minorities. Ethnopolitics, 9 (3-4), pp. 357-377.

Galbreath, D. J., 2009. Introduction: From phosphate springs to 'Nordstream': contemporary environmentalism in the Baltic States. Journal of Baltic Studies, 40 (3), pp. 279-284.

Galbreath, D. J., 2009. Putting the colour into revolutions? The OSCE and civil society in the post-soviet region. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 25 (2&3), 161 - 180.

Galbreath, D. J. and Auers, D., 2009. Green, black and brown: uncovering Latvia's environmental politics. Journal of Baltic Studies, 40 (3), pp. 333-348.

Lamoreaux, J. W. and Galbreath, D. J., 2008. The Baltic states as 'small states': negotiating the 'East' by engaging the 'West'. Journal of Baltic Studies, 39 (1), 1 - 14.

Galbreath, D. J. and Rose, R., 2008. Fair treatment in a divided society: a bottom-up assessment of bureaucratic encounters in Latvia. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, 21 (1), pp. 53-73.

Galbreath, D. J., 2008. Still 'treading air'? Looking at the post-enlargement challenges to democracy in the Baltic States. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 16 (1), pp. 87-96.

Galbreath, D. J. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2007. Bastion, beacon or bridge? Conceptualising the Baltic logic of the EU's Neighbourhood. Geopolitics, 12 (1), pp. 109-132.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. Latvian foreign policy after enlargement: Continuity and change. Cooperation and Conflict, 41 (4), pp. 443-462.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. European integration through democratic conditionality: Latvia in the context of minority rights. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 14 (1), pp. 69-87.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. From Nationalism to Nation-Building: Latvian Politics and Minority Policy. Nationalities Papers, 34 (4), pp. 383-406.

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Dealing with diversity in international law: Self-determination and statehood. International Journal of Human Rights, 9 (4), pp. 539-550.

Galbreath, D. J. and Galvin, M. E., 2005. The titularization of Latvian secondary schools: the historical legacy of Soviet policy implementation. Journal of Baltic Studies, 36 (4), pp. 449-466.

Galbreath, D. J., 2004. Democratisation and inter-state war: Why reform does not encourage conflict. Politics, 24 (3), pp. 206-214.

Galbreath, D. J., 2003. The politics of European integration and minority rights in Estonia and Latvia. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 4 (1), pp. 35-53.


Galbreath, D. and McEvoy, J., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Why European organisations fail to be truly transformative actors in interethnic relations. University of Bath.

Conference or Workshop Items

Smith, S. and Galbreath, D., 2015. Knowing Me, Knowing You: Transatlantic impressions of military transformation in Europe. In: UACES CRN on the Common Security and Defence Policy, 2015-01-23 - 2015-01-23, Egmont Palace.

Galbreath, D. and Smith, S., 2015. The Economic Crisis and European Defence Transformation. In: The 2015 Defence Reform Conference, 2015-01-15 - 2015-01-15, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

Smith, S. and Galbreath, D., 2014. The Drivers of Contemporary Strategic Reform in Europe:Planning for beyond the financial crisis? In: NATO after the Wales Summit, 2014-12-03 - 2014-12-03, Royal Holloway.

Non-academic press

Galbreath, D., 2015. Could downing of Russian jet over Turkey really lead to a wider war? The Conversation

Smith, S. J. and Galbreath, D. J., 2015. Britain boosts military spending – here’s what it will be buying. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. From Turkey to the Baltics, NATO faces up to Russia. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. Just how dangerous are the skies over Syria? The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. How to embrace technology without dooming humanity to destruction. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. Cameron looks to drones in the fight against Islamic State. The Conversation

Schattle, H. and Galbreath, D., 2015. A tale of two borders:why North Koreans risk walking the DMZ. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. All for one and one for all, except when it comes to NATO. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. G7 continues sanctions on Russia — because it’s out of other ideas. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J. and Smith, S. J., 2015. Why NATO and Russia are playing a Cold War game of hotlines and spooks. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. Explainer:does the EU need its own intelligence agency? The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J. and Smith, S. J., 2015. Why the UK should heed a warning from the US over defence spending. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2015. How the Ukraine crisis brought European security back from the dead. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2014. An old threat calls for a radical new approach from NATO. The Conversation

Galbreath, D., 2014. Nato isn’t ready to take on Russia – but the problem is political, not military. The Conversation

Galbreath, D. J., 2014. Ukraine gives NATO a reason to exist – but big players demur. The Conversation

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